Someone asked me how my blog and newspaper column came to be titled "Bleachers Brew". It's like this, it's an amalgam of sorts of two things: The bleachers area in the stadium/arena where I used to sit when I would watch baseball, football, and basketball games and Miles Davis' great jazz album Bitches Brew. That's how it got culled together. I originally planned on calling it "The View from the Big Chair" that is a nod to Tears For Fear's second album, Songs from the Big Chair. So there.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Forum on Metro Manila's Walkability & Bikeability

One of my advocacies is addressing Climate Change and only the stupid around us come up with all sorts of reasons to disbelieve the evidence that has dumped all sorts of problems on us. Anything that is related such as the Walkability and Bikeability of Metro Manila is something I support. 

Most recently, I met the amazing family of Rosar Crisostomo (who is a Theology professor in Ateneo) through his youngest son Juancho who is such a dear. And they've revived in me my interest in biking. About a decade ago, I biked a lot and loved motorbikes. While speaking with Ed Tamayo of the Mad Dog Motorcycle Club, I sort of wanted to get into it except that it's rather  expensive. But biking is so much easier and  more attuned to the concerns of our environment. 

Yesterday, I attended the Forum of Metro Manila's Walkability and Bikeability (at the Mandarin Suites at Gateway Mall, Araneta Commercial Center) as sponsored by the Firefly Brigade (I suggest you google them) as I am writing a long series on Rosar's family. I came away moved and interested in the movement and am teaming up with them in one of the series of seminars I am putting up on Climate Change. The forum had plenty of interesting speakers in Senator Pia Cayetano, Sudhir Gota of the Clean Air Initiative-Asia, Robert Nacianceno of the MMDA, and Atty. Antonio Oposa Jr of the Law of Nature Foundation and a UP College of Law professor. I was initially planning on staying for an hour or two as I was writing on Rosar's wife, Karen. But I stayed and boy, am I glad I did. I'll be writing about that in my next Bleachers' Brew column in Business Mirror and am pitching in. And I'm getting into biking again. Yahoo!

1 comment:

  1. Walking and biking wouldn't be a problem if you lived in places that are within close proximity to all your necessities, as well as the LRT/MRT system, like this condo in Pasig.